PET MODELING

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Pet modeling – now that’s a tough business to crack into. I don’t know that much about the industry. #yet But I’ve always believed Harley has “the face” for print modeling.

Whether you’re looking for that “melt your heart” face…

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Or selling a product…

With humans…

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Or without…

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Since a wee little pup he comes alive when he hears me remove my camera lens.

However, dogs are no different than people in some regards #myopinion You’ve got to access their strengths and weaknesses when you want to pawfect a craft.

I’m reminded of something my nephew told me:

Aunt Cathy, you’ve got to know your personnel.

Taking those words of wisdom into consideration I believe Harley is built best for print modeling. He does well once you “plant” him somewhere…

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And he’ll stay planted for as long as you want him to…

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I am seriously considering a passive pursuit in this direction. As with anything, I must research, talk blog about it, and be patient, while developing thick skin to accept rejection along the way.

But for today, please “collar us flattered” because Harley has an ad in a Animal Wellness Magazine for Pet Prints 3D coming out shortly. #soproud

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We’ll share our journey when there’s news to share 🙂 Virginia doesn’t seem to be the pawfect place to launch a modeling career, but we are mobile and we do have OnStar #turnbyturn

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31 Comments
  • DashLilly
    July 15, 2015

    I’d buy anything that face is selling! And I am so jealous that he will stay planted. Dash and Lilly have much to learn in that department. Good luck!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 15, 2015

      Well Dash Lilly – If only you were sitting in the advertising agency seats that selected dogs for print modeling jobs. All my prayers would be answered! LOL

  • Tiffany's Diamond Dogs
    July 15, 2015

    Cut picture Harley! And congrats on your picture being in the ad for Animal Wellness Magazine! Let us know what you find out about breaking into the modeling industry! We’re working on that too, though have yet to get our first “official job.” It’s pretty hard living in a little town in Southern AZ, but we won’t stop trying and working on it! You definitely have the face and look for modeling-it takes intense concentration and a certain flair 😉 <3 You can definitely do it!

    Not sure how far away Atlanta, Georgia is from Virginia, but there is an Animal Talent Agency there called Animal Casting Atlanta (FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ANIMALCASTINGATLANTA) who you might want to check out and see if you could get listed with them and maybe get into modeling? Could be a starting point to explore at least-hope that helps and good luck! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 15, 2015

      Thank you so much for the lead Tiffany. GA is definitely road accessible and I wouldn’t have a problem taking the trip. I will look into it and of course keep you and everyone else updated.

  • Amanda
    July 15, 2015

    Harley’s face melted my heart the first time I discovered your blog! I think any company would be lucky to have his assistance in selling their products! Seems like he would be a great partner in ladies’ fashion print work… seems like I’ve seen quite a few goldendoodles in clothing catalogs recently!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 15, 2015

      Awe thanks Amanda, I would love for him to work with clothing lines, especially children. Just such a hard market to get into.

  • The Daily Pip
    July 15, 2015

    That’s exciting about the ad in Animal Wellness Magazine! I say go for it and keep us posted.

    Our previous dog, Pip, was meant for the camera. I didn’t start blogging until he was older and thought it was probably too late and he was too old – assuming the dog modeling world is like the human modeling world. But gosh, that dog knew how to work the camera and seemed very comfortable with the whole process. I have to work a little harder to get good shots of Miss Ruby. She’s not quite as sure about the process as old Pip.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 15, 2015

      I’m not sure what the future holds for Jax, hopefully growing up around a blogging doodle mom and a posing big brother, he will catch on quickly.

  • Caren Gittleman
    July 15, 2015

    Well done YOU!! I have always said that Dakota should model too, maybe we should open our own agency? hehehe

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 15, 2015

      I’m all for it Caren – We’ll include all our blogging pups and kitty’s and market the WORLD 🙂

  • Lori Denise
    July 15, 2015

    What an interesting idea – I’ve never thought of pet modeling. People are always coming up and telling me how beautiful Kona is, but I never considered getting him on print. I’ll be curious to hear how your future endeavors with Harley go. Sounds like he’s got a paw in the door already!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 16, 2015

      Well Lori – I will definitely keep everyone updated regardless to the outcome of our efforts. I feel as if I should try, and to be honest, I think it would be fun. Paws crossed.

  • Emma
    July 15, 2015

    We just kind of fell into the modeling thing, but it is sporadic at best and so many want small dogs which we are not. I love the camera too, and come racing if I hear the shutter going off without me in front of it. It makes me real mad!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 16, 2015

      Oh Emma, Harley is definitely your brother from another mother! He actually frowns if I’m taking too many photos of Jax. I have to stop and point the lens in front of him to keep the peace.

  • Jackie Bouchard
    July 15, 2015

    Rita and I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout bein’ no models. Neither of us likes to be in front of the camera! But we wish you all the best! Hopefully Harley will be the next big super model!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 16, 2015

      Jackie, I’m not even looking for super stardom, just a few ads for me to brag about LOL

  • Taryn
    July 15, 2015

    Good Luck!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 16, 2015

      Thanks Taryn – we’re trying to bust into a tough arena that’s for sure!

  • Sharon Seltzer
    July 15, 2015

    Harley is a natural. You should consider modeling for the two of you. My dogs run in the other direction when I point a camera at them. Keep us posted about posted on your progress.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 16, 2015

      You are so sweet Sharon, but I am definitely not camera friendly. Never liked having my photo taken – but Harley, you’re right, he’s a natural alright 🙂

  • Robin
    July 15, 2015

    That is a very beautiful face! I think you will do well with modeling. The business can be a little tricky, but you are a blogger! You don’t need to rely on the big modeling companies. Just start talking to local businesses and offering photos of your dogs with their products (or whatever works for them).

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 16, 2015

      Thanks Robin – I’m trying to focus on “non-pet related” companies now because the pet related companies either use cartoon drawings (no modeling fee) OR they use dogs of their own (can’t blame them) or someone they know. Thanks for the tip!

  • When the Cat is Away
    July 16, 2015

    You should definitely become a supermodel! You’re melting our hearts!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 16, 2015

      Awwhhh, I only wish the rest of the advertising world felt the same way – but we’re not going to give up. Thanks for the support!

  • 2 Brown Dawgs
    July 16, 2015

    Very nice. Congrats on your ad.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 16, 2015

      Thanks 2 Brown Dowgs – we’re excited 🙂

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    July 17, 2015

    Go Harley! Mr. N has done some print modeling for product before.

  • Pamela
    July 17, 2015

    Well I’d buy whatever Harley is selling. But did you tell him that a modeling career comes with lots of baths? He might have other thoughts. 🙂

  • Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats
    July 20, 2015

    Modeling is a hard business to get into, even if you’re a dog. But you seem to be well on your way! You sure know how to rock a photo, and it’s clear the camera loves you!
    –Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

  • Ann Staub
    July 23, 2015

    Harley – I think you make a great model! I like the ad too. I’ve never pursued the whole modeling thing, so I really don’t know anything. Shiner can be quite a stubborn model, so I don’t think she’d be very good at it professionally lol.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 23, 2015

      Ann, I didn’t realize how “natural” Harley actually is until I tried to take photos of Leo and now Jax. They could care less, whereas Harley comes alive when he sees the camera or phone in my hand. I hope to find the right “people” who can help me.

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